Returning To the Scene of the Crime

Returning To the Scene of the Crime

Sunday July 29th, after a decent sleep and an acceptable breakfast, we started out west to Dallas. I woke up feeling excited about the prospects of rejoining my colleagues after over a year away. It would be good to reconnect with the gang and to have people to talk...

From Durham to Dallas: The Back Story in Brief

Saturday morning, July 28th, we started on our journey. The goal was to get to Dallas by Sunday evening. We booked an Airbnb in Richardson, a small city to the north of Dallas that had been swallowed up in the growth of the metroplex many years ago. I made sure it was...

The Medici of Florence

The Medici Family rose to power on the successes of their banking and commerce ventures. The branch of the family that came to dominate Middle Age Florence descended from Giovanni di Bicci de Medici (1360-1429), who founded the Medici Bank in Florence. It was through...

The Black Death in the Italian Peninsula

The Black Death was a pandemic that swept across the Eurasian landmass devastating the populations along the way. In Italy, the plague resulted in a human tragedy that transformed the region in ways that could not be anticipated. The Black Death arrived in the Italian...

When is a Renaissance artist not a Renaissance artist?

When is a Renaissance artist not a Renaissance artist? When he is born some 200+ years before the traditional start of the Renaissance in Italy, which was around 1400. The artist in question is Giotto di Bondone. For the uninitiated, one could understand the mistake...

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

I could never claim to be a fan of Edgar Allen Poe. I have never read any of his works from start to finish. But I was and am familiar with him, and that's even before seeing the John Cusack film "The Raven" a number of years ago. So, when my wife and I were planning...

Memories of Budapest Part 2

In March 2017, my wife and I spent 4 days in Budapest, Hungary. Here are a few more pictures from our trip. I will have a few thoughts to share on our time there in a future post. Heroes Square, laid out in 1896 to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of the founding...